Mark Beckenbach Mark Beckenbach

I am The Phoblographer's Copy Editor. I currently live in China, but I miss New York City every day. I make street photographs, teach English, play chess, and practice Chinese boxing.

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The One Reason the Fujifilm X100V Ups the Game for Me

Compact cameras have seen a lot of improvements in the past few years. Faster autofocus, better ISO resolution, filters, IBIS, megapickles: the list of advancements is deep. Fujifilm has been at the forefront of innovation with its x100 series of cameras. For almost a decade, these cameras have made photography fun for both budding photographers and more experienced shooters who wanted a pocketable camera for easy, quick use. While it offers some upgrades over its previous iteration, the X100V has also incorporated something no other compact point and shoot has yet: weather-sealing. This move raises the bar, and will either catapult Fujifilm further into a league of its own or spur compact camera manufacturers to step their game up....
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Why Are Compact Cameras the Best for Street Photography?

If you wanted to freeze the action at the Daytona 500, you would reach for a Canon 1DX instead of a Pentax 67. If you wanted close-up images of Aunt Peggy’s Poinsettias, a 28mm would probably be among the last lenses you’d reach for. Street photography is one of the easiest genres of the craft to get into, and everything from the cameras in phones to 4×5 press cameras has been used for the streets. But, while the genre is easily accessible, certain kinds of cameras are more appropriate for the task than others. Let’s take a look at why compact cameras are the best cameras for street photography....
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